1978 Ottawa municipal election

The city of Ottawa, Canada held municipal elections on November 13, 1978.

Controller Marion Dewar becomes the second woman and first New Democratic Party (and to date, only) affiliated person to become mayor of Ottawa. She defeated former alderman Pat Nicol. This would mark the last elections for Ottawa's Board of Control.


Candidate Votes %
Marion Dewar51,79154.24
Pat Nicol32,03333.55
Bernard Pelot8,4398.84
Alphonse Frederick Lapointe1,8581.95
Eddie Turgeon7300.76
Ian Orenstein5970.63

Ottawa Board of Control

(4 elected)

Candidate Votes %
Don Reid (X)50,17117.11
Brian Bourns36,36312.40
William Law33,22011.33
Ralph Sutherland (X)29,71610.13
Roy Bushfield26,3148.97
Gerry Trudel24,3828.31
Jules Morin22,7187.75
Doug Payne18,4646.30
David Dehler11,2453.83
Cyril Goulet11,0153.72
Richard Calagoure10,9123.72
Sam MacLean8,9943.07
Joseph Louis Paradis7,4762.55
George Theckeddath2,2510.77

Ottawa City Council

Map of Ottawa's Wards used in this election
1. Alta Vista Ward
2. Britannia Ward
3. By-St. George's Ward
4. Capital Ward
5. Carleton Ward
6. Dalhousie Ward
7. Elmdale-Victoria Ward
8. Gloucester Ward
9. Queensboro Ward
10. Rideau Ward
11. Wellington Ward .
Alta Vista Ward
Candidate Votes %
Don Kay (X)5,74948.85
Keith Martin3,57130.35
Darrel Kent2,44820.80
Gloucester Ward
Candidate Votes %
Joe Quinn (X)4,42938.72
Terry Denison3,83233.50
Gordon Lennox3,17727.78
Britannia Ward
Candidate Votes %
Marlene Catterall (X)5,92558.47
Sandy Boyce4,20941.53
Rideau Ward
Candidate Votes %
Rhéal Robert (X)5,31253.62
Bruce Grant4,29843.39
Ed Howard2962.99
Capital Ward
Candidate Votes %
Michele MacKinnon4,10745.76
Thom Bennett2,66129.65
Dave Hagerman1,73519.33
Doug Coupar3562.97
Michael John Houlton1161.29
Carleton Ward
Candidate Votes %
Toddy Kehoe (X)5,93569.68
Bill Bangs2,58230.32
Queensboro Ward
Candidate Votes %
Trip Kennedy (X)5,75869.47
Richard MacDonald2,53130.53
Dalhousie Ward
Candidate Votes %
Rolf Hasenack (X)2,68862.83
Phil Aston64815.15
Gary Larkin54312.69
John Campbell3999.33
Elmdale-Victoria Ward
Candidate Votes %
Chris Chilton1,93024.53
Roland Wall (X)1,76322.40
Byron Hyde1,66121.11
Richard Albert1,29616.47
Kathleen Tuskey1,21915.49
By-St. George's Ward
Candidate Votes %
Georges Bedard4,03551.00
Marcel Lauzon3,11239.33
Clotilde Berube7659.67
Wellington Ward
Candidate Votes %
Joe Cassey (X)2,05744.88
Brian Atkinson1,54533.71
Gary Beach98121.41

Ottawa Board of Education Trustees

Six to be elected in each zone

Eastern Zone Vote
Jane Dobell (X)16,371
Don Francis (X)13,239
Helen Slater (X)10,743
Ted Best (X)10,696
John Samuel (X)8,803
Michael McKenna8,491
Herbert Armstrong8,019
Marion Atwell7,764
Norman MacDonald7,381
Marnie Bennett6,700
Peg Mathews6,421
Rosemary McNarin6,015
Allan Simpson5,543
Gary Hough2,723
Terry Carlson2,675
Western Zone Vote
Robert Beatty (X)14,064
Mary Gilmour (X)13,948
Nick van Duyvendyk (X)12,626
Sinclair Abell (X)12,614
William Harback (X)8,624
Sandra R. Goldstein7,856
Wayne Wilson7,810
John Wright7,794
John Callan6,816
Frank Edwards6,506
Denis Cooney5,261
Richard Bounsall4,996
Cal Kempffer4,839
John Gorry3,996

4 to be elected

Separate school supporters Vote
Jacques Beauchamp (X)17,271
Robert Bélanger16,873
Dalton McGuinty, Sr. (X)16,244
Lucien Bradet (X)15,140
Jacques Faucher (X)12,850
Thomas F. Kent11,407

1 to be elected

Vanier Trustee Vote
Denise MatteAcclaimed


  • Ottawa Citizen, November 14, 1978
  • "How candidates fared". Ottawa Citizen. November 15, 1978. p. 65. Retrieved December 30, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)